council of war

noun
1.
a conference of high-ranking military or naval officers, usually for discussing a major emergency or war problem.
2.
any conference for discussing or deciding upon a course of action.

Origin:
1580–90

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council of war
 
n
1.  an assembly of military leaders in wartime
2.  an emergency meeting to formulate a plan

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Example sentences
The first thing after breakfast was to send for the other generals and have another council of war.
About the conference of the generals or a council of war there was none such.
The quartet held a council of war presently and then replied defiantly that they in tended to remain.
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